Surviving the Office Xmas party (cont.)

December 4, 2001

Do not divulge your life’s story to the office manager

Remember that this is still a professional situation, so it’s not the time to share a ‘deep and meaningful’ with the office manager/account coordinator type person you’ve never said more than a polite hello to. Remember that while he/she is likely to be as drunk as you, they will probably remember a large proportion of the conversation. That means that next time you ask for help with the photocopier, there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll be having flash backs about your chronic thrush problem and how your last boyfriend left you for your mum.Do not gossip about other co-workers

Remember that there are ‘Survivor’ style alliances operating in any work place, so be careful what you say to whom. The account manager might actually be the godfather of the marketing coordinator’s 3-year-old, the technical support manager may be an old friend of the PA, and the sales assistant could be the general manager’s niece. Don’t let loose with the goss until you are sure that your conversation partner is not your subject/victim’s ally.

Do not, under any circumstances go home with one of your male co-workers

Under no circumstances are you to go home with the nice account manager/ customer service coordinator type person, even if a) he’s single b) you’re single c) you really like each other d) you’ve been flirting for the last month. It’s okay to have a relationship with some one you work with, but don’t make your first date a drunken encounter in the office toilets at the Christmas party, or a hazing romp on the floor back at his flat. If anyone sees you pash/ or leave together, you will be the talk of the office for at least the next 6 months.

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